Guilford Quick Facts

  • 1837 (178 years old) 
  • 4th oldest college in N.C. 
  • 85th oldest college in U.S.



“ I am striving for wisdom and virtue.” 
(or) “I am applying myself to wisdom and virtue.”


Greensboro, N.C., U.S.A.

  • Four year liberal arts college 
  • Accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.

Religious Affiliation:  

The Society of Friends (Quakers)

  • 2,300
  • 50% male, 50% female
  • 54% out-of-state, 46% in-state, @ 20 Int'l students from 16 countries
  • 76% live on campus in 16 residence halls, houses and apartments



  • Suburban 
  • 340 acres 
  • Partially wooded campus
  • Lake and farm on periphery

  • Colonial Revival
  • Classical Revival
  • Late Gothic Revival


$73 Million

  • NCAA Division III
  • Old Dominion Athletic Conference

Men’s Varsity Sports: 
  • Football
  • Baseball 
  • Basketball 
  • Cross country
  • Golf
  • Lacrosse
  • Soccer
  • Tennis
  • Track & Field

Women’s Varsity Sports: 
  • Softball
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Volleyball
  • Swimming
  • Lacrosse
  • Soccer
  • Tennis
  • Track & Field

Club Sports: 
  • Men’s rugby
  • Women’s rugby
  • Ultimate Frisbee
  • Cheerleading

Traditional Rivalries:  
  • Washington and Lee University
  • Hampden-Sydney College
  • Emory & Henry College

  • Quakers
  • Fighting Quakers
  • Crimson Quakers
  • The Crimson and Gray
  • GuilCo
  • Ole' G.C.


Nathan (“The Quaker Man”)

  • Crimson & Gray 
  • (Accent colors: black & white)


Claims to Fame:
  • Guilford is among the 100 oldest colleges in the country (85th).
  • The 4th oldest college in N.C. (after Salem, UNC, and Wake Forest).
  • The 3rd oldest co-educational college in the U.S.A.
  • The oldest co-educational college in the South.
  • Guilford is the only Quaker-founded college in the South.
  • One of only 24 colleges to be selected for the Bonner Scholarship.
  • Home to the Eastern Music Festival.
  • Home of the Bryan Series, which has welcomed as distinguished speakers:  Tony Blair, Christiane Amanpour, Sanjay Gupta, Bill Clinton, Madeleine Albright, Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Toni Morrison, Tom Brokaw, Tina Brown, Ken Burns, and Ron Howard.

Guilford in the Media:

The Fiske Guide to Colleges:
  • In 2012 named Guilford a “Best Value," examining cost, academic ratings and the quality of student life on campus. (Only 49 colleges nationally – 24 public and 25 private – are Best Values.)
  • Also described Guilford as one of the nation's "Best Kept Secrets."

The Princeton Review: 
  • Included Guilford in its 2013 Best 377 Colleges Guide, based on surveys of 122,000 college students. (Guilford has been profiled in the guide for each of the 24 years it has been published.)
  • Ranks Guilford’s student-run radio station WQFS 11th in its ”best  college/university radio stations in the U.S.” list for 11 of the past 12 years, and consistently ranking in the top 20 stations.  
  • Guilford has appeared in the Princeton Review’s Guide to 322 Green Colleges every year since 2010, awarding it a "Green Rating" of 95, the third highest of any college in N.C.
  • Selected Guilford as one of the nation's 100 Best Value Colleges.


In the magazine's America’s Top Colleges, Guilford ranked:
  • # 387 of 650 colleges profiled (out of over 4,000 colleges/universities in the U.S.A.)
  • # 285 among private colleges
  • # 58 in the South
  • # 9 out of 19 North Carolina colleges appearing on the list (out of 136 colleges in N.C.).

U.S. News & World Report:
  • Ranked Guilford # 167 among national liberal arts colleges.

  • Named Guilford one of America's "Hottest Colleges" in its How to Get Into College Guide.

Washington Monthly:
  • Ranked Guilford 29th among liberal arts colleges.

Guilford College is also featured in:
  • Harvard Schmarvard
  • The Unofficial Unbiased Guide to the 328 Most Interesting Colleges
  • Guilford is consistently listed as one of only 40 schools in Colleges that Change Lives, by Loren Pope, former New York Times education editor. Guilford has been featured in the book since it was originally published in 1996.

"Basically [Guilford] is a place where people trust and like each other. It is a stimulating place where the teachers care, where they expect a lot, and where they provide encouragement as well as the challenge to get young people to do things they had no idea they could do." 

“Guilford is a haven for students interested in linking their education with their social concerns...Service and community rank high among students’ and professors’ values, inspired by the college’s Quaker roots.”

(fromColleges That Change Lives)

  • (Photos and source info: Guilford College. Logos © Guilford College.)

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